Honors for Mainzer and Siegel
Unusual honors were accorded last week by the New York fire department to Robert H. Mainzer, of the banking firm of Helgarten & Co., 5 Nassau street, and Jerome Siegel, of the Greenhut-Siegel Cooper & Company, in recognition of their service to the fire department on many occasions, notably at the forty-first annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers in this city last month. Jerome Siegel received a gold fire badge bearing the inscription, “For Distinguished Service of the New York Fire Department, 1913.” Mr. Siegel is the eleventh citizen in fifty years to receive this honor.
Mr. Mainzer was appointed an honorary officer of the fire department. A special order was issued creating his place. The honors were bestowed at fire headquarters. Speeches in praise of the two friends of the department were made by several. Mr. Mainzer for several years has responded to second and larger alarms, and at fires of importance has rendered valuable assistance to the men on duty there. Mr. Mainzer was assigned to duty as his personal aid by Chief KenIon. In the last seven years Mr. Mainzer has appeared at all the larger fires, attired in a pair of fireman’s rubber boots, a huge rubber coat, and slouch hat. On the occasion of long and hardfought fires Mr. Mainzer usually takes it upon himself to supply coffee and sandwiches for the men on duty.